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Affiliated societies

We are proud to support the work of university student physics and astronomy societies throughout the UK and Ireland and welcome applications from student societies that wish to become affiliated. Like us, university physics and astronomy societies can be the bridge that enables students to develop as people and make the most of opportunities at university better preparing them for their next steps, wherever that may be.


Why affiliate your society with the IOP?

We support physics university societies around the UK and Ireland by promoting and funding their events, offering advice and, where possible, helping to source speakers. Affiliated societies are key to our student community and it’s our mission to cultivate a thriving community of engaged students promoting physics in society for the benefit of all.

Societies can look forward to the following benefits:

  • affiliation grant: we provide £150 to contribute to your society’s activities
  • additional funding: for events that promote the wonder of physics and enable participants to gain experience and knowledge related to their studies and career aspirations. Additional grant funding of between £200-£1,000 can also be bid for
  • support: advice, signposting and our presence at your events
  • FUSE: the opportunity to attend the annual Forum of University Societies Events
  • network: join a growing community of university physics societies
  • trips: attend a range of networking events including trips to CERN, the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory and the annual society’s forum organised by us and a host university from our network
  • local community: involve your society in a broad range of outreach and engagement opportunities through the IOP’s student engagement work and local branch network

Affiliation for 2023-24

We are now affiliating societies for 2023-24. Submit your registration via Smart Survey (see guidance notes below).

  • Once you have registered via the survey, we will review and process your application shortly afterwards and contact you by email. You will then receive further instructions on how to access support and resources and take part in society network activities.

Guidance notes for society affiliation

  • Society affiliation is open to student physics, astronomy, and related societies (e.g. SATS, SEDS, IPAQS, etc.) in the UK and Ireland.
  • More than one society from a single university may affiliate, provided each can demonstrate clearly that the specific aims or membership of the society are sufficiently different from any other societies at the same university. Main examples are separate physics and astronomy societies as well as undergraduate and postgraduate societies. Other cases will be decided upon by the IOP.
  • In order to become affiliated, societies must complete the application form via Smart Survey. Two named contacts must be given; please ensure contact details are correct. Both contacts must be individual student members of the IOP.
  • Affiliation is valid for one academic year beginning and concluding in autumn. Societies must re-affiliate each year. You can affiliate during the second or third term, but your affiliation will conclude at the beginning of the next academic year regardless. The society must contact us if either of the named contacts change.
  • Affiliation is a prerequisite to apply for additional funding.
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Affiliated Societies Framework 2023-24

A must-read guide for affiliated societies to unlock their potential and access IOP support this year.

Download the guide (PDF, 248KB)
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Guidance on additional funding FAQs

We answer your queries about funding eligibility for IOP affiliated societies.

Read our FAQs (PDF, 57KB)

Contacts for additional funding applications

For more information on additional funding application guidelines and requirements, please email [email protected] or call: +44 (0) 20 7470 4917.

Affiliated societies

There are three tiers: bronze, silver and gold. University societies in the IOP network self-assesses their performance annually into one of the three categories, determining their status for the year ahead. The following table of societies shows the current status.

List of IOP affiliated societies
InstitutionSocietyTIER
Aberystwyth UniversityPhysics and Astronomy Society – Physoc AberystwythSilver
University of St AndrewsPhySoc St AndrewsGold
University of St AndrewsUniversity of St Andrews Astronomical SocietySilver
University of BathPhySoc (Physics) - University of BathSilver
Queen’s University BelfastQUB Physics and Maths SocietySilver
University of BirminghamPoynting Physical SocietyGold
University of BirminghamThe University of Birmingham Astronomical SocietySilver
University of BristolChaos: University of Bristol Physics SocietyGold
University College CorkUCC Physics and Astronomy SocietySilver
Trinity College DublinDublin University Physics SocietySilver
Trinity College DublinTrinity Space SocietySilver
Trinity College DublinTrinity Theoretical Physics Student AssociationSilver
University College DublinUCD Physics SocietySilver
Durham UniversityDurham University Physics SocietySilver
Heriot-Watt University EdinburghHeriot-Watt Physics SocietyBronze
University of GalwayThe Astronomy Society of University of GalwaySilver
University of GlasgowUniversity of Glasgow Astronomy SocietySilver
University of GlasgowGlasgow University Physics SocietyGold
University of HertfordshireUH Physics and Astronomy SocietySilver
University of HullHull University Physics SocietySilver
University of LeedsUniversity of Leeds Physics SocietyBronze
University of LeicesterUniversity of Leicester Astronomy and Rocketry SocietySilver
University of LeicesterUniversity of Leicester Physics SocietySilver
University of LiverpoolUniversity of Liverpool Physics SocietySilver
Imperial College LondonICL Quantum Technology SocietySilver
Imperial College LondonImperial College London Physics SocietySilver
Imperial College LondonICL Society for Women and Non-Binary Individuals in PhysicsGold
King’s College LondonKCL Womxn in PhysicsSilver
Queen Mary University LondonPsiStar (Queen Mary Physics and Astronomy Society)Silver
Royal Holloway, University of LondonRoyal Holloway Physics SocietyGold
University College LondonUCL Physics SocietySilver
Loughborough UniversityLoughborough University Physics SocietySilver
University of ManchesterNuclear and Particle Physics Society - University of ManchesterGold
University of ManchesterUniversity of Manchester Physics OutreachSilver
University of ManchesterUniversity of Manchester Physics SocietyGold
Newcastle UniversityNewcastle Astronomy SocietyGold
The Open UniversityFusion: The Open University Physics and Astronomy SocietySilver
University of OxfordOxford University Physics SocietySilver
University of PortsmouthUoP Physics SocietySilver
Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffield Hallam University Physics and Maths SocietySilver
University of SouthamptonUniversity of Southampton Physics SocietySilver
University of SurreyUniversity of Surrey PhySocSilver
Swansea UniversitySwansea University Physics SocietySilver
University of WarwickWarwick Astronomy SocietySilver

We are currently affiliating societies and will regularly update the list in due course.